Cuttino Mobley is deadly from behind the arc, having made 42% of his three's during the 2006-07 season. How can you get a stroke as sweet as this lefty? Read on to find out more.
MF: How should you shoot a 3-pointer properly?
Mobley: Don't try to sit the ball in your palm. You want to tuck your elbow, and line it up with your knee. Some people shoot at the rim, but what you want to do is put some air on the ball so you give the ball a chance to go in. Follow through with your index finger and your middle finger. That's just what I tried to learn. When you're shooting, you want to shoot up and at the rim. You're going in, and you're picking an apple out of a basket. Say the apples high, and it's on a ladder, you're reaching up and going inside the basket and picking it out. The first thing your arm will do is go up and digs in, pulls out, and comes back down. That's what your form should be: up, picking, and back down. Like you're picking an apple out the basket.
MF: How do you get warmed up?
Mobley: When you're shooting threes, shoot about 100 shots inside, almost like a lay up, but you're using your jump shot form. Then work your way out from there. You don't want to be leaning back, you just want to go straight up and come down on the same spot. Fading away is not a good idea. If you want to jump forward, just try to land somewhat in the same spot. Give yourself some kind of parameter around you when you shoot. And then after that, it becomes muscle memory, just repetition, shooting 20, 30, or 40 at each spot, and doing that every day.
MF: How do your workouts make you a better shooter?
Mobley: I just try to do as many pushups, pull-ups, dips, as I can, and work on my form. Your jump shot comes from your triceps and your wrists. Just spread your fingers, things like that. You don't have to be lifting all those weights to shoot. You already want to be down and ready so you can come up, because usually when you see people catching the ball, they catch it and load, when I say load I mean squat down. If you're already down in triple-threat position when you catch the ball, it's a little more accurate, it's more efficient, and it's quicker to get your shot off.